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Vanbrugh, John.
[Grant of arms to Richard Chiswell, "Turkey merchant."]. Illuminated manuscript in English, on vellum: "To all and singular...
[London], 1714. Folio (document: 39.37 cm x 52.07 cm; 15.5 x 20.5"). [1] f.. A splendid illuminated heraldic document preserved in its original 18th-century custom-made decorative case. Confirming the grant of arms to Richard Chiswell the younger (1673–1751), this letter patent is ornamented with both Chiswell's coat of arms (Argent, two bars of nebuly gules, overall on a bend engrailed sable, a rose between two mullets or) and that of Queen Anne, with => the arms and the borders on three sides being richly painted in red, gold, silver, blue, and black. The grant was signed on 16 April 1714 by Sir Henry St. George as Garter Principal King of Arms and by => playwright and architect Sir John Vanbrugh as Clarenceux King of Arms, and it is accompanied by their wax seals, each seal (having been removed from the original ties) housed in a tin box. => The rolled document and seals are protected in a contemporary box of gilt- and blind-tooled leather over wood, lined in marbled paper and having twin compartments attached along one edge for the seals' separate, safe keeping. Chiswell was the oldest surviving son of the famed London bookseller of the same name and his wife Mary Royston, daughter of another prominent bookseller, Richard Royston. He earned his own wealth as a member of the Levant Company trading with Turkey, making several journeys through the Middle East (and writing at least three never-published travelogues), eventually serving terms as the director of the Bank of England and as an M.P. Vanbrugh (1664–1726) is remembered for several successful com … [Click Below for Full Description]
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